$96,020 from profits from fiscal year 2020
Girls in Sub-Saharan Africa face many barriers to attending school, contributing to cyclical poverty and the under-development of entire communities. In Tharaka region in rural Kenya attendance rates for secondary girls are as low as 11% and one in four girls under the age of eighteen are married. When girls are educated, their families are healthier, they have fewer children, they wed later, and they have more opportunities to generate income.
Women’s Global Education Project’s Sisters to School program takes a holistic, community-led approach to dismantle the complex barriers that keep girls from attending and succeeding in school. They provide comprehensive school scholarships and mentoring to girls, reproductive health workshops, and after school clubs. They also host community outreach and mobilization activities to better educate parents, boys, and community members on the importance of girls’ education. This tiered approach is essential for increasing community support and shifting attitudes in favor of gender equality. 68% of WGEP scholars qualify for college or university, compared to Kenya’s 18.5% national average. Additionally, 99% of WGEP scholars stay in school each year, compared to regional retention rates of 59%.
World Centric is providing funding for 53% of overall budget for WGEP's programs in Kenya. This directly supports comprehensive school scholarships for 220 adolescent girls.
A World Centric partner since 2020
Women’s Global Education Project (WGEP) is an internationally recognized, award winning approach to women's empowerment. Recognized as an innovative model of best practice in Girls' Education by the United Nations, WGEP leaves no stone unturned in the quest for universal education, gender equality and empowerment of women, the factors critical to a society’s development. WGEP works in partnership with two local community organizations to implement its Sisters to School Program: Femme Plus in Senegal and Tharaka Women’s Welfare Program (TWWP) in Kenya. Local partners on the ground guarantees that the program is community-led and focused. Together we formulate a partner-driven, highly contextualized, and comprehensive approach that takes into account local conditions (poverty, gender bias, early marriage, FGM/C) to ensure that the obstacles preventing girls from attending and succeeding in school are dismantled.
Tags: Impact Projects
Aug 4, 2020
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